A major gripe that people have expressed with the otherwise very popular Vype brand of electronic cigarettes is that users of the cig-a-like and ePen ranges have been limited to using branded Vype-only replacement cartridges with their device. Heavier users in-particular have been a little aggrieved at having to buy replacements more often than they would have liked, while others have felt a little let down by the comparatively small range of flavours on offer.
Clearly the Vype marketing team have listened to this feedback, and right on cue the company have released their very own eTank system that offers the great value of the Vype range alongside the ability for users to top-up with whatever e liquid they choose.
Excellent Design & Functionality
The first thing that sets this apart from not just other Vype products but also much of the competition is that this device feels really nice to hold thanks to a soft matte-style finish. Much slighter than the ePen range it holds elegantly with just the right weight to feel sturdy without unnecessary bulk. The tank attaches to the battery very smoothly thanks to the well finished screw-tops and truth be told on first impressions this feels and looks like a much more expensive product.
In similar trend the firing button feels secure without being tight, and thanks to being neatly in-dented into the battery there’s no risk of accidental firing if being kept in a pocket when out and about.
There’s no variable voltage – which is hardly a major loss at this level of vaping – making Vype eTank a simple five-click on/off and single press to operate device. Overall it’s super easy to use and without any unnecessary over complication.
Performance & Flavour
A real stand out feature of this device is how easy it is to replace the e liquid in the tank without flooding the center/mouthpiece. Understandably the risk of this is one of the major factors that makes people shy of tank based vaping as it’s a real pain to fix when it happens, yet Vype have thoughtfully included a small plastic shield within their tank that essentially makes this next to impossible. It’s amazing that nobody has thought of this before – but that’s the advantage of those BAT millions again!
The tank itself is made from the same material as the rest of the unit and as is typical of introductory level tank kits the coils cannot be independently replaced, meaning that every so often it will simply need to be replaced. On the plus side new tanks are only a fiver, and that’s a small price to pay when considering the savings that will be had by using e liquid instead of cartridges.
Indeed this is the major advantage of tank based kits – users can fill up with whatever flavour, and strength, of e liquid they choose. Experienced vapers may scoff at this but don’t forget the freedom and savings that being able to do this offers people newer to the game, as it really makes vaping such a better experience at the cost of a tiny amount more effort.
In terms of performance this is a great all-round tank kit, but do allow time for the e liquid to infuse into the coils. This cannot be stressed enough and is essential for flavour delivery and will also prevent the tank from producing ‘dry-hits’ – a common newbie mistake and one that is easily avoidable with ten minutes patience!
For value, ease of use, performance and all-round quality the Vype eTank is probably the best budget tank based device that can simply be picked up off-the-shelf. It’s a solid performer that will provide a big leap forward for many vapers with only a little practical effort and patience required, and as such must come very highly recommended indeed.